20 identified as suspects following Holyoke narcotics raids

3 locations were raided Thursday morning

From Left to Right: Adnane Diouane, Carmen Mattei, Darwin Cruz, Edwin Matta, Emmanuel Jimenez, Johnattan Perez, Jose Falcon, Jose Gonzalez, Jose Suarez, Juan Correa, Julio Sanchez, Kevin Echevarria, Kivanny Sanchez, Miguel Rosario, Noel Ortiz, Omar Reyes, Stalen Martecastillo, Tracy Martinez, Wilbert Medina, William Collazo (Courtesy: Hampden District Attorney’s Office)

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – We are learning more about a series of raids in Holyoke Thursday that resulted in more than a dozen arrests and the seizure of large amounts of drugs and cash.

Jim Leydon, spokesperson for the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, told 22News that a total of 20 people were arrested on Thursday or on February 15 in connection to the investigation. On Thursday, members of a variety of state, federal, and local law enforcement agencies searched 304 Chestnut St. Apartment 3L, 39 O’Connor Avenue, and 14 Laurel Street.

12 arrested, $80K in heroin seized in Holyoke drug raids

In their searches, Leydon says they found more than 24,000 bags of heroin and $100,000 in cash. They also seized three luxury cars, several guns, and a bulletproof vest.

The following suspects were arrested on Thursday (note that charges are not yet available for all the suspects because paperwork is still being processed):

  • Miguel Rosario, 30, of Holyoke
  • Stalen Martecastillo, 28, of Holyoke – Charged with two counts of distribution of a Class A drug, possession of a class B drug, and trafficking in heroin between 36 and 100 grams
  • Carmen Mattei, 42, of Holyoke- Charged with trafficking in heroin between 36 and 100 grams
  • Noel Ortiz, 32, of Holyoke
  • Jose Gonzalez, 41, of Holyoke
  • Jose Falcon, 57, of Holyoke
  • Emmanuel Jimenez, 30, of Chicopee
  • Johnattan Perez, 34, of Springfield
  • Julio Sanchez, 38, of Holyoke – Charged with possession of a firearm without an FID card
  • Tracy Martinez, 46, of Holyoke
  • Kivanny Sanchez, 22, of Holyoke- Charged with trafficking in heroin over 200 grams, conspiracy to violate the drug laws
  • Juan Correa, 20, of Holyoke
  • Adnane Diouane, 25, of Holyoke
  • Edwin Matta, 50, of Holyoke
  • Jose Suarez, 31, of Chicopee
  • Kevin Echevarria, 31, of Holyoke

Additionally, the following four suspects were arrested on February 15 in connection with the investigation:

  • Darwin Cruz, 29, of Holyoke – Charged with two counts of possession of a firearm without an FID card, two counts of possession of firearm ammunition without an FID card, two counts of possession and carrying of a loaded firearm, two counts of weapons being stored or kept unsecured, possession of large-capacity weapon or feeding device, and receiving stolen property over $250.
  • Wilbert Medina, 44, of Holyoke- Charged with distribution of a Class A drug, conspiracy to violate the drug laws, two counts of possession of a firearm without an FID card, two counts of using a firearm in a felony, two counts of possession of ammunition without an FID card, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, two counts of possession and carrying of a loaded firearm, , two counts of weapons being stored or kept unsecured, possession of Class A drugs, possession with intent to distribute Class A drugs, receiving stolen property over $250, and possession of a large capacity weapon or feeding device.
  • William Collazo, 50, of Holyoke- Charged with distribution of heroin and conspiracy to violate the drug laws
  • Omar Reyes, 36, of Holyoke- Charged with distribution of heroin and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

“This is tremendous work by the Hampden County Narcotics Taskforce, especially, the members of the Holyoke Police Department, and the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit Assigned to my office. The officers involved should be applauded for the dedication and professionalism in carrying out this complex investigation which culminated with these raids and arrest. This is a shining example of the seamless cooperation between all agencies — federal, state, and local — that results in significant arrests and the betterment of public safety in this county,” District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said in a statement sent to 22News.

Gulluni said that law enforcement in the area will be continuing their work to try to get drug traffickers off the streets.